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Regular Public And Charter Schools: Is A Different Conversation Possible?


Good post. You write: "How might we incentivize schools to share successful strategies, practices and resources so that students in other schools can also benefit?" A story and 2 thoughts. In Boston, our charter developed a particular approach to tutoring. We tried to share it with the district schools. I developed a decent relationship with the Superintendent. She was intrigued. But because of the tense political climate, we were only able to do a small pilot. Meanwhile, in Houston, the district had its own tense relationship with charters there. But they ended up doing a close partnership with our charter. We were far away, no political baggage in that locality. So pupils were able to benefit. Then that tutoring program went to Denver Public Schools (where taxpayers agreed to pay more, and teachers love it). And now - "laundered" through Houston and Denver districts - it's coming to Boston. Not under our umbrella because of the touchy nature of politics, but that's okay. I suspect more sharing of ideas (perhaps weirdly) happen with charter and district schools that are not in the same locality. There's much less baggage. That's thought 1. Thought 2: Right now sometimes charters can get a grant to "document and spread a best practice." But perhaps the grant should work the other way. Give money to district teachers to buy days spent in charters (i.e., pay for the subs, etc). Incentive of grants to "explain" best practices, give grants to "seek" best practices.


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